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The Gentlemen Bastards Unfold Sumptuous Stories Within Stories

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:03am

This weekend, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Scott Lynch's swashbuckling Gentleman Bastard series, a combination fantasy of manners, heist caper and heartfelt buddy comedy. With pirates.

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Making Sense Of A Tragedy, One Narrator At A Time

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:03am

June Reid has lost everyone she loves in one horrifying moment, but she's not the only one grieving. Bill Clegg's new novel tells of June's loss through the voices of those who know and encounter her.

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For Inca Road Builders, Extreme Terrain Was No Obstacle

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 5:49am

A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian highlights the engineering prowess of the Inca, whose great road once spanned mountains, deserts and forests in 6 South American countries.

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Television 2015: Some Writing About Writing About TV

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:49pm

Television coverage is in more places than ever, doing more work than ever, involving more people than ever. In that way, it's a lot like the medium it's analyzing.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Show Me A Hero' And A Summer Update

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 9:41am

This week's show has HBO, summer box office, pop songs and summer songs, television we forgot to tell you about, and a lot more. It's just packed — just like summer.

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How Brewers Are Churning Out Tangy Sours Without The Hefty Price Tag

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 6:03am

Sour beers are made by deliberately adding microbes to create complex brews with a crisp, acidic taste. But that process takes lots of time and money, resulting in a pricey final product. Until now.

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Peek Inside The 'Little Black Books' Of Some Famous American Artists

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:15am

Mary Savig, curator at the Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C., says the contact lists reveal a lot about the artists' personal and professional networks.

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A Colombian Kingpin Gets The 'Goodfellas' Treatment In 'Narcos'

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:59am

A new, fictionalized Netflix series tells the story of how smuggler Pablo Escobar built his cocaine empire. The show is compelling and complex — especially for fans of classic crime stories.

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A 'Second Mother,' Trapped In Service

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:03pm

Brazilian filmmaker Anna Muylaert's comedy suggests that to look at a society's political health, you look at the way the help is treated — like the housekeeper at the story's center.

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'We Are Your Friends' Gets A Blissful Beat, Sometimes

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:03pm

Zac Efron is little more than a good-looking void in this story of dance music in the San Fernando Valley, but the film is intermittently engaging as a medley of themes and genres.

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From One Low Moment, 'Queen Of Earth' Follows A Swirl Of Pain

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:03pm

The latest from director Alex Ross Perry stars Elisabeth Moss in the story of a woman who spends a very hard week in a very isolated place.

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'The Wake' Is An Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:38pm

Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of Old and modern English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.

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Cults, Foam Heads And Other Weird Things Thrive In 'Body Like Mine'

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:48pm

Alexandra Kleeman's novel, populated by TV-obsessed characters on a steady diet of Popsicles and oranges, is a controlled exercise in what critic Jason Sheehan calls "terrifying banality."

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Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:43pm

The comedian wrote and stars in Fish in the Dark, a play about rivalries and dysfunction when a family patriarch dies. Originally broadcast March 5, 2015.

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Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:43pm

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.

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Television 2015: Five Shows They Will Never Stop Making

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:16am

Sure, the landscape of television has changed a lot in recent years. But some shows just recur over and over again, and it seems they always will.

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'George' Wants You To Know: She's Really Melissa

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:06am

One of this fall's most anticipated books is about a transgender fourth-grader. Publisher Scholastic is employing some of the same marketing techniques it used for megahits like The Hunger Games.

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The Girl Who Outlived Her Creator: Salander Returns In 'Spider's Web'

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:04am

The fourth book in Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium series comes out internationally today — but Larsson died in 2004, so his father and brother hired a new writer to continue the series.

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Philly Preps Blessed Beer And Other Edible Swag To Greet Pope Francis

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:02am

Enterprising businesses will mark the pope's visit to Philadelphia next month with irreverent tchotchkes — including beers brewed with holy water and toasters that etch the pontiff's face on bread.

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Sister Versus Sister

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:45pm

Uzo Aduba and her sister Chioma revisit their childhoods with a game about '80s TV show theme songs. The winner gets to watch TV after dinner!

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